The 2022 Bentley Flying Spur cabin delights the senses with high-end leathers, woods, and metal accents intermingled with modern-day technology and conveniences.

The rear seat is particularly relaxing, especially when equipped with luxury features such as rear bucket seats, which offer power adjustments and heated armrests.

However, the 2022 Bentley Flying Spur’s unbeatable blend of luxury and performance comes with an eye-watering six-figure price tag, and that’s before you start tacking on customization options from Bentley’s Mulliner line of personalization features.

ENGINE IMPLEMENTATION

All 2022 Bentley Flying Spur comes with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and a powerful twin-turbocharged engine. A 542-hp V-8 is standard, but we’d suggest upgrading to the 626-hp W-12 engine.

With 12 cylinders under the hood, the Flying Spur never wants power. In fact, it can show its taillights to many top-tier sports cars in a drag race. At our test track, it leaped to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.

The V-8-powered model delivered an identical 3.5-second zero-to-60-mph run, but the W-12 is slightly quicker to 100 mph and through the quarter-mile. A plug-in hybrid powertrain is also available and combines a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 with an electric motor for a combined 536 horses and 553 pound-feet of torque.

When we took the 2022 Bentley Flying Spur for a brief drive near Monaco, we found it to be a far more athletic driver than we anticipated. Credit for that agility must go to the sedan’s adaptive suspension and rear-wheel-steering system.

Back in our home state of Michigan, the Flying Spur repeated its performance from our earlier drive and provided a much-needed respite from the cratered roads that plague the area near our editorial office.

ENERGY AND REAL-WORLD MPG

The 2022 Bentley Flying Spur’s fuel-economy estimates from the EPA look as though they’re for a pickup truck rather than a sedan, earning 12 mpg city and 19 highway with the W-12 engine under the hood. Fuel-economy ratings for the V-8-powered variant come in at 15 mpg city and 20 on the highway.

The Flying Spur’s chief rival—the Rolls-Royce Ghost—doesn’t fare any better at the pump. The Flying Spur hybrid should offer better fuel economy, but the EPA hasn’t released estimates for that model yet. For more information about the 2022 Bentley Flying Spur’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

INTERIOR, CONVENIENCE, AND BOOTH

Sumptuous leather, genuine wood trim, and real metal accents line the 2022 Bentley Flying Spur‘s interior. In the front or back, there’s plenty of space for adults to stretch out and enjoy the luxurious environs.

Bentley’s interior designers managed to preserve the brand’s prim and proper styling while incorporating modern tech features. A remote touchscreen controller mounted to the rear of the center console allows rear-seat riders to adjust certain things without asking the driver for assistance.

For instance, you can use it to open and close the window shades, adjust the cabin climate, and activate the rear-seat massagers. A generously sized trunk offers plenty of space for luggage, cases of champagne, or a day’s worth of impulse shopping on Rodeo Drive.

IN-VEHICLE INFOTAINMENT AND INTERCONNECTIONS

A large 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is nicely situated between large swaths of wood trim on the Flying Spur’s dashboard.

For a price, Bentley will swap the static infotainment screen with a rotating display that will—as you may have guessed—rotate the screen into the dashboard and bring up a wood panel featuring three analog dials (an outside-temperature gauge, a clock, and a compass).

Passengers can connect to the Wi-Fi hotspot, and those with compatible smartphones will enjoy the 2022 Bentley Flying Spur‘s Apple CarPlay integration.

Bentley provides a 10-speaker stereo system standard but will install one of two premium audio systems for more coins. Buyers may upgrade to either the 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen setup or the 19-speaker Naim system with illuminated speaker grilles.

PROTECTION AND DRIVER-ASSISTANCE ASPECTS

Bentley offers several driver-assistance features; unfortunately, many of them cost extra. For more information about the 2022 Bentley Flying Spur’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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2022 Bentley Flying Spur

2022 Bentley Flying Spur

2022 Bentley Flying Spur

2022 Bentley Flying Spur

2022 Bentley Flying Spur

FULL SPECIFICATIONS

2020 Bentley Flying Spur W-12

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE AS TESTED
$284,270 (base price $223,925)

ENGINE TYPE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 48-valve W-12, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection
Displacement
363 in3, 5952 cm3
Power
626 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque
664 lb-ft @ 1350 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed dual-clutch automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): control arms/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 16.5-in vented disc/15.0-in vented disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4, F:275/35R-22 (104Y) B, R: 315/30R-22 (107Y) B

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 125.7 in
Length: 209.3 in
Width: 77.9 in
Height: 58.4 in
Passenger volume: 104 ft3
Trunk volume: 15 ft3
Curb weight: 5560 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.5 sec
100 mph: 8.2 sec
130 mph: 13.8 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.5 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.2 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.9 sec
1/4 mile: 11.7 sec @ 121 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 159 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.98 g

Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rolloutof 0.2 sec.

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 11 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 24 mpg
Highway range: 570 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 15/12/19 mpg

2021 Bentley Flying Spur V-8

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door sedan

PRICE AS TESTED
$265,565 (base price: $199,725)

ENGINE TYPE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 244 in3, 3996 cm3

Power: 542 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque: 568 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed dual-clutch automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 16.5-in vented disc/15.0-in vented disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero All Season, Size F: 275/35R-22 104W M+S B R: 315/30R-22 107W M+S B

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 125.7 in
Length: 209.3 in
Width: 77.9 in
Height: 58.4 in
Passenger volume: 104 ft3
Cargo volume: 15 ft3
Curb weight: 5474 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.5 sec
100 mph: 9.0 sec
1/4 mile: 12.0 sec @ 115 mph
130 mph: 15.7 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.6 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.4 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.2 sec
Braking, 70–0 mph: 168 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.94 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 17 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 17/15/20 mpg

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